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New Order is an exhibition and series of public programs curated by Rory Hyde and Katja Novitskova for Mediamatic in Amsterdam, winter 2011-12.

Concept text:
The energy crisis has been solved, and the climate crisis is a non-issue. The world looks very different to ours, and yet seems normal to those who live in it.

In this post carbon world, energy is understood not as merely electrical power but in all its various stages and phases: mineral, organic and cultural. It can be compared to the new and social media of today; as a form of currency.

New Order will explore the implications of energy's new role in our daily lives. How does it influence our interaction with the city, with public and private power structures, with products, art, and other crossing points of energy and social values?

Participating Artists: DUS, Martti Kalliala, Chris Lee, Femke Herregraven, Liam Young, Sascha Pohflepp

A catalogue for the show has been published as a special insert in Volume magazine: Centres Adrift. It features all the projects in the show, plus a catalogue essay, a new text on Martti Kalliala's Radiant Beach by German novelist Ingo Nierman, an interview with Chris Lee and Femke Herregraven by Marc Tuters, and an essay by Sascha Pohlflepp titled 'Pre-Enactment'.

For more information see www.mediamatic.net/NewOrder
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Rory Hyde Projects was awarded in the 2011 UTS Open Agenda research architecture prize for the project 'Potential Futures for Design Practice'.

This submission builds upon research in progress into practitioners occupying emergent roles at the edge of architecture and design, and seeks to develop these ideas visually in the form of posters.

One of the unspoken assumptions underlying these ‘potential futures’ is that they are positive. But what if the responsibility that these new roles entailed were to be misused? As such, each new role is bracketed by a positive and a negative slogan - competing manifestos that question the direction these roles could take.

The backgrounds to these posters are formed from images from the ‘real’ world - not of design’s rarified bubble - but of protest, nature, crisis and the surging city in all it’s complexity. Overlaid on these images are architectural proportional systems including the golden spiral and Le Corbusier’s Modulor. The mismatch between these supposed ‘systems of control’ and the images they accompany illustrates the vanity of architects’ attempts to impose order on the necessarily chaotic and uncontrollable world.

Architects of the future will need to look beyond the formal and proportional to deploy skills of politics, economy, social engagement, marketing and diplomacy if they are to enact meaningful change.

Exhibited at Sydney's Customs House Gallery from the 19th of October 2011. Thanks to Anthony Burke and Rebecca Thomas at UTS. Installation photo by Peter Murphy.
 
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